A Drinking Life: A Memoir

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Little, Brown, Dec 14, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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As a child during the Depression and World War II, Pete Hamill learned early that drinking was an essential part of being a man, inseparable from the rituals of celebration, mourning, friendship, romance, and religion. Only later did he discover its ability to destroy any writer's most valuable tools: clarity, consciousness, memory. In A Drinking Life, Hamill explains how alcohol slowly became a part of his life, and how he ultimately left it behind. Along the way, he summons the mood of an America that is gone forever, with the bittersweet fondness of a lifelong New Yorker.


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Ending is a little abrupt -- but writing is fantastic. - Goodreads
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I had the book sitting around because I was familiar with Pete Hamill , had read one of his books, some of his interviews and articles and saw him a few times on television. I thought it might be an ... Read full review

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Like many, I picked up this book on account of it being a tale of alcoholism, but found it to be so much more than that. Fascinating and mesmerising, painting the portrait of Pete growing up a misfit ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. His books include the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life and the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, and North River. His new novel, Tabloid City, will be published in May 2011.

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